There are bears on Prince Edward Island

Marine tardigrade, known affectionately as a 'water bear'. (Photo by Emma Perry)

What’s that, you say? There are bears on PEI? Yes! Well, sort of. Tiny, microscopic water bears! I live in Prince Edward Island, the smallest Canadian province, with the highest population density. We have a long history of humans living on...

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Feeling happy about conservation

Kristyn Ferguson, spring monitoring, ON (Photo by NCC)

The toque did not stay on long during our third monitoring visit! (Photo by NCC)

I was 21 years old, and I was going to save the world, starting with one particular forest.In 2004, during my third year of an undergrad degree at the University of Guelph, I took a course called "Problem-solving in Environmental Biology." My six...

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I did not fall into a burning ring of fire

A black line is established before prescribed burn begins. (Photo by NCC)

I was several hours into my first major, fully equipped prescribed fire when I promised myself I wouldn’t cry. I was tired, it was getting dark and, to be honest, I wasn’t really sure where I was; but the real reason I was trying not...

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Internal parasites and the conservation of birds

Mosquito (Photo from The Weather Network)

Most people, especially Canadians, know how annoying being swarmed by mosquitoes in the early summer can be. There is nothing quite like braving clouds of host-seeking insects while exploring our beautiful forests. However, while most of us can...

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Understanding the buzz of bees

Honey bee (Photo from Bees Matter)

For residents of northern Alberta, the coming of spring is never a guarantee of the mild weather it suggests; but this year we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the seasonal warmth. The bees here have also appreciated the early thaw, with many...

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Searching for worms in Ontario’s restored tall grass prairie

Ontario’s largest exotic earthworm, <i>Lumbricus terrestris</i>. (Photo by Heather Cray)

Looking across a beautiful stretch of native tall grass prairie in its full glory, the first thing that might strike you is, well, the grass; big bluestem, switchgrass, Indian grass, all of them might reach up to or above eye level. Then there are...

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Women in conservation: Lisa McLaughlin

Lisa McLaughlin, acting vice-president, conservation

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re celebrating eight female conservationists at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) who are working to create a stronger future for Canada’s landscapes.From wandering the...

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Growing the idea to connect Canadians to nature

Plants from Great Marram Grass Plug Plant CV event on PEI (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Great Marram Grass Plug Plant CV event on PEI (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Every so often, a big idea emerges from a smaller one and, in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) case, it can turn into something larger than imagined. This is exactly what happened for NCC’s Conservation Volunteers...

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Women in conservation: Megan Westphal

Megan Westphal, assistant range biologist, Manitoba Region

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re celebrating eight female conservationists at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) who are working to create a stronger future for Canada’s landscapes. Megan Westphal,...

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Women in conservation: Hillary Page

Hillary Page, Director of Science and Stewardship, BC Region (Photo by NCC)

Hillary Page, Director of Science and Stewardship, BC Region (Photo by NCC)

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’re celebrating eight female conservationists at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) who are working to create a stronger future for Canada’s landscapes.Starting high school...

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